About Te Rito Maioha

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We are leaders in early childhood and primary education – growing teachers | kaiako, leaders, knowledge and bicultural teaching practice so tamariki learn and thrive.

We grow teachers, leaders and experts.

As a specialist tertiary education provider, we grow valued teachers, educators, leaders and experts with diploma, degree and postgraduate qualifications in bicultural early childhood and primary education. Study with us

We grow our ECE sector

As a membership organisation, we are a strong voice for young tamariki and quality early childhood education. We advocate for our sector and connect our members with the latest professional development, issues and policy.
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Our organisation was formed in 1963 by women’s rights activist, politician and social justice campaigner, Sonja Davies. The aim was to improve quality of care and education for young children, by supporting centres and training staff. 
Since then, our organisation and members have been driving change, challenging attitudes, educating teachers | kaiako and leaders, and growing knowledge and best practice in early childhood education.

We grow knowledge and practice

Our research, knowledge and fresh thinking shape education programmes, professional development and best practice in Aotearoa New Zealand and internationally. Read more about our publications and research.

Vision, strategy and performance 

Our vision, mission and values drive our strategic direction and performance. Read our strategic plan, annual reports and external evaluations. We have the highest possible rating from NZQA as a Category One tertiary education provider.

Bicultural practice

We are a bicultural organisation with te reo mē ngā tikanga Maōri embedded into all our teaching and learning programmes, professional development, and daily mahi. The principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi are the foundation for our programmes and practices.

Our people

Our people – council, leaders, academic staff and our members – are our greatest strength. 

Teaching locations

Our flexible blend of online and field-based learning means students can study from anywhere in New Zealand and some overseas countries. With 11 regional education centres around Aotearoa New Zealand, our students | tauira can also access face-to-face or online support from lecturers and pouako.


Te Rito Maioha works in collaboration with national and international organisations to shape the future of early childhood education through research, professional development, educational exchanges and more. 

Work for us

If you have a passion for education and want to make a difference for tamariki, their teachers | kaiako and ECE providers, a role with Te Rito Maioha could take your career to the next level.